For too long, our country has taken no for an answer when it comes to harnessing the power and resources of outer space.
Thanks to President Trump, that’s all changing.
Frontpage Magazine reports:
President Trump however has signed an executive order meant to change that and lay out America’s position on everything from mining the moon to exploiting the riches of the asteroid belt and beyond.
“Americans should have the right to engage in commercial exploration, recovery, and use of resources in outer space, consistent with applicable law. Outer space is a legally and physically unique domain of human activity, and the United States does not view it as a global commons. Accordingly, it shall be the policy of the United States to encourage international support for the public and private recovery and use of resources in outer space, consistent with applicable law.”
The Executive Order is a shot across the bow of the UN and other international bodies that insist on common ownership of the Moon.
The Moon Agreement. The United States is not a party to the Moon Agreement. Further, the United States does not consider the Moon Agreement to be an effective or necessary instrument to guide nation states regarding the promotion of commercial participation in the long-term exploration, scientific discovery, and use of the Moon, Mars, or other celestial bodies. Accordingly, the Secretary of State shall object to any attempt by any other state or international organization to treat the Moon Agreement as reflecting or otherwise expressing customary international law.
The executive order is the first step towards real human stewardship of the moon. It’s a courageous first step by an administration that isn’t afraid to do big things.
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